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Delta DC-9 retirement plans

by Matt Falcus

Delta DC-9Delta has finally made plans to retire its Douglas DC-9 fleet after years of speculation.

Although Delta was one of the first airlines in the world to operate the type, it had actually retired its own examples in the 1990s. However, when it merged with Northwest Airlines in 2010 it inherited that airline’s batch of aircraft.

These have continued to serve domestic destinations from the airline’s hubs, and now details have emerged about the final flights, which will take place on 5th January 2014.

Schedules and aircraft types are always subject to change, but it is expected that DC-9s will operate the following routes on 5th January prior to the type’s retirement:

Atlanta to:
Akron, Asheville, Augusta, Birmingham, Charleston SC, Chicago O’Hare, Greensboro, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Savannah, St Louis, Washington Dulles

Detroit to:
Chicago O’Hare, Milwaukee

Delta is one of the last carriers to fly passengers on DC-9s. Our ebook Last Chance to Fly gives more details about flying on rare aircraft around the world, such as the DC-9.

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